Storm

Malawi

My name is Storm. I was born in 1968 and am the divorced mother of a 27-year-old daughter. I tested HIV positive in 1999 when I was 31-years-old. Being an HIV positive single mother wasn’t easy. HIV stigma and discrimination were at their peak during this time. My friends started to disappear but my daughter kept me going. I didn’t want her to lose her mother at a young age, so I set myself targets. I decided to do every I could to stay alive at least until she completed her education. I am happy to say that by the grace of God I have seen her through college. She has earned a Masters Degree and is working.

The road has been stressful and full of ups and downs. I have given up on life twice and stopped taking my medication. Thankfully, with counselling and support, I started treatment again and I’m on second-line treatment now.